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Aram, Eugene (bap. 1704, d. 1759), murderer and philologist, was born at Ramsgill and baptized on 2 October 1704 at Middlesmoor, West Riding of Yorkshire. Little is known of his mother, but his father, Peter Aram (bap. 1667, d. 1735), employed as gardener to ...

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Bayeux, Osbert de (fl. 1120–1184), ecclesiastic and suspected murderer, was a nephew of Archbishop Thurstan of York (d. 1140). An archdeacon named Osbert occurs in the 1120s; if this was Osbert de Bayeux then he must have been promoted as archdeacon, presumably by his uncle, at an early age. As ...

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Beddingfield [née Rowe, Row], Margery (bap. 1742, d. 1763), murderer, was the daughter of John Rowe or Row (c.1702–1778), a substantial Suffolk farmer, and his wife, Margery (c.1710–1756). The couple had two sons while living at Kelsale and moved to ...

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Mary Blandy (1718/19–1752), by Thomas Ryley, after F. Wilson, c. 1740s–50s

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Blandy, Mary (1718/19–1752), murderer, was born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, the only child of Francis Blandy (c.1689–1751) and Mary Stevens (c.1700–1749), parents so 'excessively fond' of her that they could 'scarce bear her out of their sight...

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See Königsmark [Coningsmark], Karl Johann, Count Königsmark in the Swedish nobility

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William Burke (1792–1829) by Benjamin William Crombie, pubd 1829 [on the day before his execution] Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Burke, William (1792–1829), murderer, and his accomplice, William Hare [see below], were Irish immigrants whose activities in Edinburgh made theirs perhaps the best-known pair of names in Scottish history. William Burke was probably born in the parish of Urney, near Strabane, co. Tyrone...

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Channing [née Brooks], Mary (1687–1706), murderer, was born in May 1687 at Dorchester in Dorset, to Baptist parents, Richard and Elizabeth Brooks. Mary was not baptized until 17 March 1706, four days before her execution. She had one younger brother and one elder, who worked as a silversmith. On 15 January 1705 she married ...

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Churchill [alias Miller], Deborah (1677/1682–1708), murderer, was born 6 miles from Norwich, either in 1682, according to the account by Paul Lorrain, or in 1677, as claimed by Captain Johnson in his account of her life. She became an infamous prostitute and pickpocket, working in and around ...

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Crichton, Robert, eighth Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (c. 1568–1612), nobleman and murderer, was the son of Edward Crichton, seventh Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (c.1542–1569), and Margaret Douglas (c.1545–c.1605), of Drumlanrig. On 10 April 1608 he married Anne (...

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Hawley Harvey Crippen (1862–1910) by unknown photographer, c. 1890 Getty Images

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Crippen, Hawley Harvey (1862–1910), murderer, was born in Coldwater, Michigan, the only child of storekeeper Myron Augustus Crippen (1827–1910) and his wife, Andresse Skinner (d. 1909). After studying in Michigan, London, and the Homoeopathic Hospital College, Cleveland, Ohio, he qualified as a homoeopathic doctor in 1884. In 1887 he married a nurse, ...

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Ruth Ellis (1926–1955) by unknown photographer, 1955 Getty Images

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Ellis [née Neilson], Ruth (1926–1955), nightclub hostess and convicted murderer, was born on 9 October 1926 at 74 West Parade, Rhyl, north Wales, the fourth of six children of Arthur Neilson (formerly Hornby), musician, and his wife, Elisaberta Goodall, a seamstress.

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Elwes [Helwys], Sir Gervase (bap. 1561, d. 1615), court official and convicted accessory to the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury, was baptized at Askham, Nottinghamshire, on 1 September 1561, the eldest son of John Elwes (d. 1581) of Worlaby, Lincolnshire, and his wife, ...

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Enoch ap Evan (c. 1599–1633), murderer, was born at Clun, Shropshire, the elder son of Edward ap Evan (d. 1633), yeoman, and his wife, Joan (c.1561–1633). Enoch and his brother John (c.1602–1633) helped their father farm his holding, and ...

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Fiennes, Thomas, ninth Baron Dacre (b. in or before 1516, d. 1541), nobleman and murderer, was the son and heir of Sir Thomas Fiennes and Jane (d. 1539), daughter of Edward Sutton, Lord Dudley. He succeeded his grandfather Thomas, eighth Lord Dacre...

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Fitzurse, Reginald (d. 1173x5), one of the murderers of Thomas Becket, was the son of Richard fitz Urse and his wife, Maud, the daughter of Baldwin de Boullers, lord of Montgomery. Although not of the standing of his fellow murderers Hugh de Morville (d. 1173/4)...

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Foulkes, Robert (bap. 1634, d. 1679), Church of England clergyman and murderer, was born at Mallwyd, Montgomeryshire, and baptized on 19 March 1634 at St Tydecho's church there. Nothing is known about his parents. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, matriculating in November 1652, and subsequently became a clergyman. On 7 September 1657 he married ...